Tuesday Open Thread

“It’s easier to blame the person with less power.”

–Gloria Steinem

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    You could hear a cricket fart in here this morning.  Pfruit, are you OK?

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    I had the unfortunate opportunity to hear Katie Lehr give her campaign stump speech for House District 49.  She reminded me of Nurse Rached in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.  She was exploiting an overdose death in her family for political power by proposing that every drug addict in Colorado be locked up because punishment is the path to salvation.  She didn't say how she would pay for these increased incarceration costs but did proclaim in grievous outrage that Democrats want school children to be able to get 'Rainbow Fentanyl'.  Ugly person with no experience or realistic solutions.  House Rep. Judy Amabile is ten times the better candidate.  Go Judy.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    As requested:

    Dave Barnes: Today is National Eurovision Song day

    Powerful Pear: Joe Biden is why the Colorado River is at historical lows

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    We had some brief posts about crime this week.  Here is an interesting opinion on the rural crime wave – it’s not just an inner-city issue. 

    Who’s to blame for the rural crime wave?

    When we think about crime, most of us envision pictures of urban scenes: a shooting in a bar, a carjacking on a street corner, organized thefts from downtown stores. So when crime becomes an “issue” — not just a thing that happens but a topic of political argument and debate over policy solutions — that context determines what we decide ought to be done about it.

    Which is why some new reporting in the Wall Street Journal is such an important challenge to the way we’ve been thinking about crime, now that it has again become a political issue. As the Journal reports, the increase in crime, particularly homicides, that came with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has not just been an urban phenomenon. Rural areas too have experienced more murders in recent years, leaving many communities reeling.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Methodolgy matters, too.  Those crime reports are what gets into the Uniform Crime Reports, and its new and improved edition called the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  But not all crime is reported into the system.  Recent assessment:  "NIBRS represented an important step forward in the measurement of crime recorded by law  nforcement. However, despite providing an improved source of crime data, NIBRS has been hampered by lack of participation among law enforcement agencies."

      how much "lack of participation?"  "For the 2021 data year, about 12,700 law enforcement agencies representing 66% of the U.S. population provided NIBRS data."

      Any guess which 34% was at the forefront of not contributing data?

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    The hearing of the January 6th Committee has been postponed as the hurricane takes aim at Florida: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-capitol-attack-probe-committee-postpone-wednesday-hearing-reports-2022-09-27/

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